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, the ones who did not vote for barack obama voted against this vision and voted against it very strongly and i think the republicans would put that at risk if they went too far to the middle. >> okay. when we come back, states have changed from kansas to michigan, to rhode island, reform is in the air. find out how some states are bucking the washington trend next. thanks to our explorer card. then, the united club. my motr was so wrong about you. next, we get priory boarding on our flight i booked with miles. all because of the card. and me. okay, what's the plan? plan? mm-hmm. we're on vacation. there is no plan. really? [ male announcer ] the united mileageplus explorer card. the mileage card with speci perks on united. get it and you're in. when the doctor told me that i could smoke for the first week... i'm like...yeah, ok... little did i know that one week later i wasn't smoking. [ male announcer ] along with support, chantix is proven to help people quit smoking. it reduces the urge to smoke. some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mo
connell can't come up with something, then you have barack obama's proposal and he wants that up or down vote, and one way or another, he is going to try to get people on the record. >> and joy, before it gets to the house republicans, there are plenty of republicans in the senate who could mess this up, right? even if mcconnell and reid have a deal, there is not a guarantee that there is not a single tea party-backed senator who would stand in the way and say it won't pass me. >> are you giving rand paul the side eye? >> i had him in mind, true. >> and at the end of the day, mitch mcconnell is a better leader of the caucus than boehner is, and mcconnell has controlled the levers of the filibuster process, and the tact that he is meeting with harry reid means there won't be a filibuster and i would be surprised if he could not whip the congress. we have not seen a weaker speaker of the house than john boehner who has essentially thrown up the hands and walked away from the process and the konts tugs constitutional mandate that spending is controlled by the house and not the senate, and he say
to follow through on an up or down vote. reid said in a at the same time, "at president obama's request, i am readying a bill for a vote by monday that will prevent a tax hike on middle class families, making up to $250,000, and that will include the additional critical provisions outlined by president obama." president obama pointed out the danger of inaction. >> the economy is growing, but sustaining that trend is going to require elected officials to do their jobs. the housing market is recovering, but that could be impacted if folks are seeing smaller paychecks. the unemployment rate is the lowest it's been since 2008. but already, you're seeing businesses and consumers starting to hold back, because of the dysfunction that they see in washington. >> the president's stern statement echoed the concerns of the american people, who are tired of washington gridlock. >> outside of washington, nobody understands how it is, that this seems to be a repeat pattern, over and over again. ordinary folks, they do their jobs. they meet deadlines. they sit down and they discuss things and then things
't build that. >> president obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planets. my promise is to help you and your family. >> when you pick up that ballot to vote, you will face the clearest choice of any time in a generation. >> there are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. 47% who are with him. >> i have just called president obama to congratulate him on his victory. >> and whether i earned your vote or not, i have listened to you. i have learned from you. and you've made me a better president. >> when a president is seeking a second term voters have clear options, stay the course or throw the bum out. so what 2012, karen in the end, was it a referendum or a choice? that's the question that we kept having. >> it was the exact question we kept asking a year ago. given the state of the economy, given how most people felt whether the country was on the right track, it should have been a referendum on barack obama's performance. but his campaign was determined to make it a choice between him and mitt romney. and what was really remark
president obama to congratulate him on his victory. >> and whether i earned your vote or not, i have listened to you. i have learned from you. and you've made me a better president. >> when a president is seeking a second term voters have clear options, stay the course or throw the bum out. so what 2012, karen in the end, was it a referendum or a choice? that's the question that we kept having. >> it was the exact question we kept asking a year ago. given the state of the economy, given how most people felt whether the country was on the right track, it should have been a referendum on barack obama's performance. but his campaign was determined to make it a choice between him and mitt romney. and what was really remarkable is by time election day rolled around, the election had almost become a referendum on mitt romney. gwen: yeah, funny how they turned that around. after it was all over, a lot of the things we didn't believe during the campaign, the obama people said oh, we figured this out. we know who our voters are. we know where to spend the money. we thought they were boasting.
congress does not vote to avoid the cliff. president obama says if lawmakers don't reach a deal he will propose a different vote. >> i will urge the senate to hold an upper down vote to basic package, extends unemployment insurance and lays the ground works for future progress on more economic growth and deficit reduction. i believe such a proposal could pass both houses with bipartisan majorities as long as they let it come to vote. >>> don't be surprised if you come across the jeiy checkpoint in the next couple of days. local law enforcement agencies have launched their annual crackdown a drunk drivers, indictment will are already in place. a bay area lawmaker is voting for tested solution to get repeat drunk drivers off the highways. a proposal that is being used in assisted states. >> the thinking behind the proposed crackdown is address what state senator jerry hill says the high rate of drunk drivers that don't modify their behavior. he cites statistics, most recent numbers available. >> there were 161,000 d.u.i. arrests and convictions in california. 27% of those were repeat
expecting the voting, the sort of, the electoral body that made obama's victory possible. i mean, i think there was -- no one was talking about the sort of numbers that showed up for obama. no one was predicting the diversity of the vote. no one was predicting that sort of the republican strategy for securing a romney victory would come to grief so kind of spectacularly. i mean, i'm telling you. even the communities who came out to vote, i think, were shocked by their own numbers and by their own power. i mean, when you look at the cuban community in florida, a community that has historically voted super conservative and suddenly see an entirely new generation voting, and you see those numbers that they put up for obama. it was extraordinary. and i think that a lot of folks have very poor sense of what's happening in this country on the ground. i mean, they're kind of all the way up here, whether it's age, class, institutional divisions. and they don't really have a real kind of panoramic or even a deep view of the real sort of granular shifts that have occurred in this country, that have
of a divorce decree if applicable. two other states have legalized marriage by popular vote, washington and maryland. >>> there are fewer than three days left before taxes go up for almost all americans and several programs see major cuts. president obama met with republican and democratic leaders yesterday in a high stakes meeting at the white house. senate leaders will debate a new plan over the weekend, hoping to have a deal to vote on by monday. then it will go to the house. the president said a deal is critical for the nation. >> economists, business leaders all think we are poised to grow in 2013 as long as politics in washington don't get in the way of america's progress. so we've got to get this done. >> in the event congress does not make a deal, here's how the physical cliff could affect you. first, income taxes will go up substantially. a middle class family will pay about $2,000 more per year. gas prices will likely fall because individuals will have to spend lesson fuel. you could see longer lines at the airport because budget cuts would force the tsa to cut its staff and r
-- the reelection of president barack obama. as "time"'s magazine cover states -- the president was person of the year -- barack obama will be the first democrat in more than 75 years to win a majority of the popular vote twice. mitt romney has to be asking himself, given the magnitude of the president's problems and the great numbers of americans who believe that the country was headed in the wrong direction, "how did i lose?" at the republican national convention, a vermont couple took the stage to describe how mitt romney helped their terminally ill 14- settle his affairs. people listening to that were in tears, but there never story -- but their story never made it to tv. instead, voters heard this. that is just a symptom of what went wrong in the campaign, and yet, as we observed here week after week, the president was vulnerable on so many levels. the economic recovery was moving at a snail's pace. there was great opposition to the affordable care act -- obamacare if you will -- he bombed in the first debate. voters saw a different from the than the candidate portrayed in the ad, but
in the u.s. senate. for president obama calling for an up or down vote, for the senate which rarely happens he would be saying if any republican or groups of republicans ends up blocking the legislation, they would be the ones who would be blamed for going over the fiscal cliff and luke russert just outlined something else, too, if you even get 60 votes that then goes to the house the question is does house speaker john boehner and republicans allow that to come to the vote. if they don't, they'll be the ones to get the blame. so president obama was using his bully pulpit and the statement he gave yesterday and he'll be on "meet the press" tomorrow and even his weekly radio address all on this political topic. >> this pressure by the president on congress, how will this play out when it's time to start negotiations on the debt ceiling because best we can all tell, the raising of the debt limit will not be a part of any deal so we'll be having similar conversations in february. could there be resentment on the other side of the aisle? >> oh, absolutely, particularly if republicans feel they
had the votes anyway. whatever deal he would have struck with the obama administration assert he has failed and would not have been able to get sufficient votes or he would have relied so heavily on democratic votes to do so that he ran the risk of an insurrection. there is a meeting during the whole showdown over the debt ceiling in which some of honor's closest allies that in the speaker's office and said to him, john, if you come back with the teal the fashion with obama that doesn't get more than 100 posts or so, canters already started a whisper campaign against you. we saw it happen with speaker gingrich and it can happen to you. honor took that to heart and what are they from the deal shortly after that. >> interplay between the leadership of the public site, but i have to ask this based on what she said. the president was initially not the record interview to "the des moines register" editorial board seeking an ultimately did not get endorsement of that paper. one of the things he said was deeply cheap to get hit a grand bargain struck on the debt ceiling if he were reelected
in the white house briefing room, president obama condemned congress for failing to resolve its differences in any normal way. >> christin, let's take a listen to what the president said about the up or down vote about what he expects to emerge from the senate. >> i just had a good and constructive discussion here at the white house with senate and house leadership about how to prevent this tax hike on the middle class. i'm optimistic. if an agreement isn't reached in time, between senate store reid and senator mcconnell, then i will urge senator reid to bring to the floor a basic package for an up or down vote. i believe such a proposal could pass with bipartisan majorities. >> this up or down vote seems to be the big news of the day. isn't this what the white house wanted all along? >> well, it is. it's president's obama's way of saying vote on his basic proposal. it would extend in employment insurance benefit and deal with unemployment insurance cuts. >> so the question is, could they actually get that many republicans to vote for this package that the president is calling for? >> but p
people if they vote for president obama for another four years will basically be voting against obstructionist and the republicans will get the message and they will walk in a sultry fashion toward the center of. >> i can see that happening at all. >> no, no and if that is her talking point and they are siding with the. >> are you optimistic to say that governor romney would have one that there is and you waiting for him after he gets into office? >> no, no i'm not and i wrote a story for "the new york times magazine" on governor romney and specifically on his kind of governor that appeared three weeks ago or so. the way that the piece concludes is by, i interviewed a number of people and particularly the more conservative republicans and they were licking their chops and said this would be a great moment for them if mitt romney wins. a moment for them to legislate very aggressively a conservative agenda and my question to several of them was, what if that's not so? what it president-elect romney decides that he will govern more in the mode of his first two years when he was gov
to avoid it, president obama said he will propose another vote in case they don't vote on it. >> i will urge the senate to hold an up-or-down vote that -- on a basic package that protects the middle class from an income tax hikes and extends unemployment americans look for a job and lays the ground work for more economic growth andç deficit reduction. i believe suchmy a proposal coud pass both house was bipartisan majorities as long as these leaders allow it to come to a vote. >> republican house speaker john boehner said he's willing to bend on raising taxes for the wealthiest americans to avoid the fiscal cliff. >>> don't be surprised if you come across a dui checkpoint in your neighborhood over the next few days. the highway patrol and other law enforcement agencies have their checkpoints in place. they will continue to be every night through new year's day. >>> a bay area law maker is proposing a new solution for getting repeat drunk drivers off the roadways. it's already being as utilized in other states. abc7 news reporter david louie has the details of the new proposal. >>
. >> if it doesn't work president obama wants lawmakers to vote on what would essentially be plan c. here is what it would include. focusing on three key area. keeping tax cuts for those making $250,000 a year or less. extending unemployment benefits and it would delay dramatic spending cuts until later next year. the top senate republican recognizes this is a critical time. >> we are engaged in discussions the majority leader and myself and the white house in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation that i can make to my conference and the majority leader can make to o his conference and so we will be working hard to try to see he if we can get there in the next 24 hours. >> among the questions to be answered, what level do you set extending the bush tax cuts? $250,000 income? $500,000 or $750,000. that will all get hammered out this sundby, by this sunday when house lawmakers are set to return. failure or a bad deal could have major economic impact if the markets react poorly. greta? >> greta: mike, thank you. and check your watches because we are only abo
primary, then senators clinton and obama, they fought about it. they even ended up voting on opposite sides of the issue when it came up for a vote that summer. fisa, and whether or not we already have a government with too much power to spy on us, whether or not there should be more congressional and judicial oversight of that power, whether or not more should be done to protect people's privacy, our country's been having been fights over that tough for years now. but you know what happened today in congress? congress, despite being stalled on pretty much everything, today congress extended fisa, extended the federal government spying powers and did it quickly, like that. the republican-led house passed a bill in the fall with a little help from democrats and the senate passed it today in an overwhelming vote of 73 yeas to 23 nays. president obama is expected to sign it. if you are a civil liberties guy, there was good news and bad news in this debate. the good news is that there were a bunch of privacy amendments, including one from democratic senator ron wyden of oregon. his amendm
procedurally not getting there. the point president obama is trying to make is he wants everybody to vote one way or the other, up or down. the idea is republicans will be forced to vote one way or the other on extending the push tax cuts for people making below $250,000 a year. >> yeah. ? and by definition making taxes go up on those earning above that. would republicans be forced to vote for the president's plan to avoid being blamed for rates rising on most taxpayers and going over the fiscal cliff? >> well, a couple thing, ali. first of all, i think the outlines of that deal you just described are probably where they're headed, although i don't think that mitch mcconnell and harry reid -- i hear they're negotiating maybe a little higher income threshold, so maybe not $250,000, maybe $400,000 or $500,000. even the president put that on the table a couple weeks ago. i was pleased to hear jessica said she think wes ear inching towards an agreement. i don't want to go over this cliff. i think it would be a mistake politically and economically to do that. but i want to let your viewers know th
in an overwhelming vote of 73 yeas to 23 nays. president obama is expected to sign it. if you are a civil liberties guy, there was good news and bad news in this debate. the good news is that there were a bunch of privacy amendments, including one from democratic senator ron wyden of oregon. his amendment would have required the head of the country's spy agencies to tell congress when americans accidentally got spied on. right now, we have no way of knowing how often that happens. also, republican senator rand paul of kentucky, he wanted to force the government to get a warrant to read our e-mails and other electronic communications. for privacy advocates, these amends were the good news. the bad news, the democratic-controlled senate killed every single one of those amendments. killed them dead. they voted them all down. and today the once-controversial warrantless wiretapping bill was extended for another five years, and amazingly, almost nobody seems to have noticed. we used to fight about this tough. the whole reason fisa needs congressional reauthorization every few years is that we are suppos
, it is. it's president's obama's way of sayi ining vote on his basic proposal. it would extend in employment insurance ben filt fits and deal with unemployment insurance cuts. >> so the question is, could they actually get that many republicans to vote for this package that the president is calling for? >> but politically, what he is doing is essentially saying this is the plan that i'm putting forth. let's get it through the senate and if it fails, it will fail in the republican-led house. essentially having rely cans having owned that failure. >> i didn't hear also about the debt ceiling that the treasury secretary was just saying we need to raise pretty much any day now. is this going to be the next couple of months in terms of this debate? does the white house have a strategy for dealing with both in the next phase? >> well, they're quite clear that there's probably just too much at this point to put that in this initial package, specifically the debt ceiling. that they're saying there's probably no way that they're going to be able to address that right now. they know that
be a little bit redid you know danlt, but i want you to go in specifically for me. president obama says he wants another plan put to a vote if the senate fails to come up with a plan. so what is the president's plan, and will republican leaders let that happen? >> well, okay. so senate majority leader harry reid, a democrat, has crafted an alternative proposal that he has -- saying he will put -- if the negotiations i just described fail and if the senators cannot come to a bipartisan agreement, then the democratic leader is going to put on the floor a democratic proposal that would extend tax rates for households that make $250,000 and less. hatch the alternative minimum tax and extend unemployment insurance. so that's a democratic proposal. the problem with that is, you can expect a republican is likely to filibuster it or block it in some way so it's not likely to go anywhere. and it's not likely to be put on the house floor for a vote by republicans in the house or democrats in the house. so you can assume it's a nonstarter. it's more of the political proposal than a real proposal. bot
's want right. i think it is going to go to obama. >> obam is going to get 299 votes and obammal win. >> but it's not always serious, as you regular fans of the show know, so we have had a lot of fun, too. watch this. >> we hit the budweiser tent, no beer, though. >> you know me, mamma loves some fried chicken. i came to the motherland of all chicken. it is de-licious. >> how is boca raton -- i have always wanted to visit mexico -- is it nice? >> beautiful, greg. in florida, not mexico. >> big bird. take her. >> dorothy -- maker. >> communist! >> caller: oh, yeah. okay. >> 45 million people -- unemployed i. 45 million. >> greg, you can't eat him -- >> please, he's a good boy. >> no shaking. >> he's six weeks old. he's cute, though, right? >> i have another bad phrase of the day. comfortable in my own skin. >> when are you going to ban the phrase gratuitous. >> as in the photos i have of you? >> yeah, right. >> the president has a big steak. >> i don't want see what is so funny. >> my nickname for you is honey boo-boo. >> do you think politics can ruin relationships? >> i surely do. >
a bipartisan deal that can pass the senate with enough republican votes to convince the house to act and even president obama who had been concerned that they were not going to act and challenging them for an up and down vote said he was optimistic. here's the president after that meeting. >> i just had a good and constructive discussion at the white house with senate and house leadership about how to prevent this tax hike on the middle class and i'm optimistic we may still be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time. >> now what would be in that mini deal? we're talking about tax increases for people at near the top of the income scale. the question is the threshold, 400 or $500,000 are the likely places that that could end up. it would likely turn off the automatic sequester by using some of the revenue from the tax increases to account as budget cuts and turn off they is quester and it would also extend unemployment benefits and do the so-called doc fix to prevent reimbursements from declining and also have a milk fix, michelle that would prevent the doubling of milk pr
a rare sunday session this weekend. votes are scheduled for early evening. speaker boehner is not expected to put anything on the floor for a vote unless he is sure it can pass. this sunday, president obama will be david gregory's interview -- guest on meet the press. that port strike is averted for now. the longshoremen union has expired -- extended their expiring contract by 30 days. it puts off a strike by more the 14,000 longshoremen at 50 ports across the country, including here in baltimore. a strike with the crippled operations at ports. it's reported major steps have been taken towards resolving this ongoing dispute. an abrupt end to the career of one long term maryland civil- rights leader. carl snowden will retire january 8. the office of the announcement earlier today. the decision comes amid legal problems. he was convicted last month of marijuana possession and has a court date for violating his probation in a drunk driving case. tonight was a reversal of fortune for morgan state university's president. the board of regents voted to renew his contract, weeks af
can pass in both the house and senate if republicans allow a vote. earlier in the day, republicans blamed president obama for the stalemate. >> i agree that it is the president's responsibility to lay out a plan and to bring people together. but it's a total dereliction of duty and candidly, a lack of courage to deal with these issues. >> reporter: what's at stake for ordinary americans? with income and payroll tax cuts set to expire monday, taxes would go up for most everyone next week. $110 billion in spending cuts will kick in. and 2 million jobless americans will lose their unemployment benefits. like karen duckett of maryland who hasn't been able to find work since being laid off as a housekeeping manager at a retirement community last year. her unemployment benefits set to end tomorrow. >> this has been the toughest year, probably, in my entire life. >> reporter: duckett, a breast cancer survivor, worries how she'll care for her 14-year-old grandson and has a message for lawmakers. >> remember, these are people. it's not just numbers on a piece of paper. we are actually human
. today, she is recovering in england. >>> number one, president barack obam obama. >> tonight, you voted for action. not politics as usual. >> after a long and we mean long and bitter campaign, president obama won re-election 2340g 12, the president also won the supreme court's stamp of approval for his health care reform program and made history with this statement. >> i think same-sex couples should be able to get married. ♪ >> as 201 comes to a close, the president joined in grief with a community shocked by senseless violence. >> these tragedies must end. and to end them, we must change. >> brooke baldwin, cnn, atlanta. >> another ironman, another anchor man, another star trek, so many sequels to look forward to in 2013. our movie critic tells us which ones she is most excited about. e great. yeah, its the galaxy note ii. you can do two things at the same time. you can watch videos and text. or you could watch the earnings report and take notes, like we're supposed to. so... can i get it? yeah. okay either of you put together the earnings report yet? yes, me totally. what? why don'
republican leaders of the latest fiscal crisis. obama said he was modestly optimistic about the agreement by senate leaders on a compromise bill that could be voted on by monday. that is just two days before 6 under billion dollars of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts begin to take effect -- $600 billion of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts take effect. >> we want to make sure that unemployment insurance is still available for 2 million people and lay the groundwork for additional deficit reduction and economic growth steps to take in the new year. but let's not miss this deadline. >> we are working hard to get there in the next 24 hours. i'm hopeful and optimistic. >> whenever we come up with will be imperfect. some people will not like it, some people will like it less, but that is where we are. >> the democratic leader said it will prevent a tax hike on middle-class families are not up to a quarter million dollars. that condition, in line with obama's campaign pledge to raise taxes on the wealthiest 2% of taxpayers ought. it is a condition that so far is unacceptable to republi
between bad and worse. i am voting for bad. obama. what is your opinion? >> i find this choice as i am sure many of you do, continue will exercise in the lesser evil issue. i understand the logic of choosing the lesser evil and i suppose i will choose the lesser evil unless i am in a state where most americans will be where the decision, the outcome is already known. is not an issue, only a handful of states where there's a real contest and our don't live in one of those. my guess is i will free to vote however one to because it will not affect the outcome between the two major candidates. for me the most important thing i can think of is to develop alternatives and build whatever third parties or new social movements. i am deeply moved and excited by the occupy wall street break through. i think that is a monumental shift in american politics. it is the first major social movement in my experience of america which has put the economic question front and center. unlike the civil-rights and feminists and many other important movements of our time where there was fear of going in that di
names the worst reporters for the year. votes were cast. this year, they have 25 that you will recognize. for the obama award, runners up, pierce morgan, andrew sullivan important asking why are obama's critics so dumb. diane sawyer for her report on barack obama's love letters. the winner of the obamagasm award. >> he has raised his family right. in a blind test, becomes head. top editor. he has not broken a law, perfect father, perfect american and all they do is trash the guy. >> jon: next the you a das it for the analysis of the year. runners up, "new york times," andrew liptak for his piece on constitution. shapiro for refusing to stand and say the pledge allegiance at a romney political rally and "washington
anything on the floor for a vote unless he is sure that it can pass. president obama will be david gregory's exclusive guest on "meet the press." you can catch the interview right here on 11 news tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. venlths port strike averted at least for now. the union has agreed to extend their contract. the move puts off threatened sunday strike by more than 14,000 long shore men across the country including baltimore. a strike would have crippled operations at the ports which handle 40% of all u.s. container cargo. it's reported major steps have been taken to resolve the on going dispute. >>> an abrupt end to the career of one long time merril civil rights leader. director of civil rights for the maryland attorney general's office will retire january 8th. this decision comes amid some legal problems for snoweden. he was convicted last month of marijuana possession and has a court date next month for violating his probation in a drunk driving case. >>> one minute he's out. the next he's back in. that roller coaster ride for david wilson appears to be over. the board of regents
if the white house fiscal cliff meeting between obama and congressional leaders, if it was a political stunt or real negotiation. here is how you voted 96% said a political stunt.
and in the end was not really close, certainly by the electoral college count and even in the popular vote to some extent. the country has essentially doubled down on a lot of what president obama has stood for in his first term and says he wants to accomplish in the second term. and some very significant gaps became clear in terms of who is where in this country in politics. you know, there's a gap among minority voters, latino voters, asian american voters. women voters are clearly dividing toward one side. >> they all voted. i mean, they came out in big numbers. >> they all voted and there was huge voter registration drives in battleground states that went into this. california is now at a record high voter registration level. there's a big technology gap that's emerging between the campaigns, as you see a lot of monday morning quarterback on the gop side. >> but all the tech money, too, that went in. those things are related, the connection president obama had the campaign had to the silicon valley and the money they raised. >> absolutely. we have good reporting about how the volunteer
the majority so you would think why don't they just vote together, pass it and move on to the house, but the dare is that obama's saying do you really want to show to all of america, republican senators that you're going filibuster a bill and everybody's taxes will go up? how do you explain that when there are -- when there is a majority around who can fas? that's a pretty interesting dare that obama put out there. >> thank you, it's like a little school house rock on saturday afternoon here on msnbc. perry, if mitch mcconnell does make a deal, how does he sell that deal in kentucky and the reddest of red states, mind you? >> i think he can and the reason is, like i said, i think any deal he signs on to will be a deal 100, 120 house republicans will sign to. he's not going sign a deal by himself and he'll sign a deal that's acceptable to some conservatives and mitch mock connell has a huge amount of campaign funds are raised. this is the man who famously said his big goal president obama wouldn't make the second term and his credentials are pretty strong in that state which i'm from
vote, the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid on the table, no further motion in order be in order to the nominations, any statement to the nominations be printed in the record, that president obama be immediately notified of the senate's action and the senate then resume legislative session. the presiding officer: is there an objection? without objection. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent the senate proceed to the consideration of calendar number 575 s., 3454. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: calendar number 475, s. 3454, a bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2013 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities, and so forth and for other purposes. the presiding officer: is there objection to proceeding to the measure? without objection. mr. reid: thanks, mr. president. i ask unanimous consent that a feinstein-chambliss substitute amendment which is at the desk be agreed to, the bill as amended be read a third time and passed, and the senate proceed to vote on passage of this measure. the presiding officer: without objection. t
. >> we cannot let washington politics get in the way of america's progress. >> reporter: mr. obama met with top party leaders friday, calling on them to either reach a compromise or allow a vote on his plan that would among other things raise taxes on those making more than $250,000. >> i believe such a proposal could pass both houses with bipartisan majorities as long as these leaders allow it to come to a vote. >> reporter: missouri senator roy blount delivered the republican response sharply criticizing the president's proposal. >> the president's proposal to raise taxes on the top 2% of americans won't even pay one-third of the annual interest now owed on the massive $16 trillion debt. >> reporter: in the political cliff hanger sources close to the talks say senate leaders harry reid and mitch mcconnell are drafting a small plan that could include extending unemployment insurance benefits pro-tkting about 30 million americans from paying the alternative minimum tax and allowing tax rates to increase on the wealthiest americans, but this issue remains a major sticking point with man
obama saying he believes if his proposal were put to a vote in the senate and house it could get through. of course it would be a much bigger challenge in the house. he'd have to get almost all democrats to vote for it and about 30 republicans. the calculation right now, though, is that whatever proposal is put through the senate that essentially the house will be left holding the ball. so it would be up to them to decide what to do with it. that's something that president obama talked about in his weekly address address today. saying let's let the legislation go through. if house republicans want to vote it down that's their prerogative. the strategy of course is to make them own the defeat if that is what in fact does wind up happening. so there's a lot of public pressure to get this done. we've already seen the markets have been impacted. public frustration mounting. consumer confidence has been impacted. we've seen less spending during this holiday season in part because people are concerned about the fiscal cliff. so i think there's a lot of public pressure to get something done, bu
million jobless americans. >> if members of the house or the senate want to vote no, they can, but we should let everybody vote. that's the way this is supposed to work. >> reporter: either way, a smat agreement or the -- senate agreement or the obama backup plan. >> whatever we come up is going to be imperfect. some people aren't going to like it. some will like it less. >> reporter: imperfect. one likelihood is a plan that does nothing to address the 110 billion in economy shaking spending cuts scheduled to hit tuesday. nothing to address the country's $16.4 trillion debt limit that the treasury secretary says will hit monday, essentially meaning the government can't spend anything. >> nobody is going to get 100% of what they want, but let's make sure that middle class families and the american economy and in fact the world economy aren't adversely impacted because people can't do their jobs. >> reporter: the debt ceiling, we may hit it monday, but treasury can monkey around with accounting tricks to extend it for a few weeks. count on a big fight when that happens. but last minute,
not -- conservative republicans have not vote ford a tax hike since 1990. what impact will this have on president obama, do you think? >> well, i was only laughing because i'm glad to hear that the former president bush is in much better shape. i think republicans were chasened and you got strong conservative forces on the outside. if the president gets a deal through, which i think he will, it will be viewed as a victory for him. if no deal goes through and we all see our paychecks dwindling and taxes going up, then i think everybody in washington loses. >> kelly: all right. i got to go. happy new year to you. good to see you. >> happy new year to you. >> kelly: all right. >> heather: coming up, a new year's eve, it's nearly here. if you want to serve some champagne or maybe some sparkling wine that will impress your guests without breaking the bank, then you don't want to miss this. "consumer reports" is here with their look at the test of this year's best bubbly [ malennouncer ] it's tt time of year again. time for citi price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. a
security. . >>> president obama has issued a challenge to congressional republicans. he said if they can't get a bipartisan deal, he at least expects them to vote on his proposal to stop tax increases on all but the wealthy and preserve unempyment benefits. dells have heard that house republicans may wait to make a deal until after the new year, essentially letting the taxes go up and voting to cut them. the good news, you're not likely to feel any fall off of the cliff if they get something done in the first few days of 2013. >>> and for some, the biggest objection to the fiscal cliff is the cuts to project defense spending. they warned it's bad news for national security. peter deucey explains who mean affected. >> reporter: last friday when president obama rolled out his new plan for steering us away from the fiscal cliff, there was a word he did not say and that word was sequester. the sequester would automatically cut more than $100 billion from the budget next year, half from domestic programs and half from defense programs and now as the deadline draws close, experts are looking a
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